Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to be more pro-active to fight terrorism bringing all its members across the table.
Hasina made the call Thursday when OIC Secretary General Iyad Bin Amin Madani called on her in Dhaka. Madani is now on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.
“The Muslim countries should sit together and resolve their problems without external interference,” Hasina was quoted to have said by her press secretary.
Ihsanul Karim, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, briefed the media after the meeting.
He said the prime minister and the OIC secretary general discussed various issues relating to mutual interests including the current conflicts in Muslim regions.
The issues of human rights also came in their discussion when the prime minister observed that no human-right organization raised their voice against the killing of children, women and innocent people by Israel in the past, he said.
Hasina said terrorism has emerged as a global problem. Bangladesh’s stand on the issue is very clear, she said adding that killing in the name of Islam eventually undermines the religion.
Appreciating the role of OIC in the past to stop the pesticidal war, which is also a part of terrorism, the prime minister said the organization can also play a big role to overcome the situation.
The Secretary General expressed his profound condolence at the loss of lives in recent terror attacks in Bangladesh saying the OIC is determined to play an effective role to combat terrorism.
“Terrorism and cyber crimes are on the rise since 1990 and we want to change the scenario,” he said.
The OIC members including Bangladesh have to participate actively to combat such crimes.
The OIC secretary general informed the prime minister of taking some measures for national reconciliation among conflicting groups in Muslim countries.
He lauded Bangladesh’s progress and showed interest in Palli Sanchoy Bank with micro deposit of the marginal people, PM’s press secretary said.